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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS1127 Child Nursing: Applying the Key Concepts of Health and Wellbeing

40 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Kirsten Johnson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Programme entry criteria

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS1126Adult Nursing: Applying the Key Concepts of Health and Wellb
HECS1128Mental Health Nursing: Applying the Key Concepts of Health a

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On your first assessed placement you will practice in accordance with the recognised professional, ethical and legal frameworks that guide nursing practice and recognise your own limitations. You will apply the biopsychosocial-spiritual model to nursing in order to maximise the health and wellbeing of people and their families and develop fundamental clinical skills. You will work in partnership with others, including teams, ensuring equality and diversity are respected. You will use a range of evidence which inform practice, judgement and clinical decisions, considering the strengths and limitations of the evidence base.


Students will develop their knowledge of working with children, young people and families in preparation for their first assessed placement.

Consideration will be given to working in ways to enable children and young people to maximise their health and wellbeing.

Students will further develop the skills to enable them to engage in evidence based clinical practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

1 Explain the professional, ethical and legal frameworks that guide child nursing practice

2. Apply the biopsychosocial-spiritual model to child nursing in order to maximise the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families

3. Work in partnership with others including teams ensuring equality and diversity are respected.

4. Use a range of evidence which informs child nursing practice, judgement and clinical decisions considering the strengths and limitations of the evidence base.

Skills outcomes
Please see skills mapping.


This is a field specific integrated module that combines 4 strands central to child nursing practice: professional practice; applied practice; the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health and wellbeing; and evidence-based practice. Students will build on the work from the previous module.

Professional Practice:
- NMC The Code and its application to practice including working within own level of competence
- Safeguarding and escalating concerns
- Reflection on/in practice
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Teamwork and the role of the interdisciplinary team
- Developing resilience in practice
- Recognising interpersonal conflict in practice

Applied Practice:
- Interpersonal and communication skills, working with others including reporting and exchanging information
- Medication management: including administration processes
- Assessment, care planning and record keeping
- Clinical skills relevant to field and year of practice 

Biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health and wellbeing:
- Biological– physiological basis of health and wellbeing in relation to the fundamentals of nutrition, senses, urinary, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems
- Psychological - introduction to coping and resilience in relation to others, developmental psychology, 'self' development, stress, stressors and coping
- Social – families and family systems, social networks, environments of care
- Spiritual - needs and beliefs

Evidence Based practice:
- Certainty and uncertainty in health and wellbeing
- Fundamentals of judgement and decision making
- Incorporating people's experience into decisions about care
- Types of research designs: differentiate between qualitative and quantitative approaches, hierarchy of evidence
- Introduction to health economics

Field Specific Content

- Expanding knowledge of family centred, the concept of child centred care and involving children, young people and families in care and care decision.
- Care of children, young people and families using the biopsychosocial-spiritual model with a focus on; common musculoskeletal (fractures, sprains), gastrointestinal (GORD, appendicitis, constipation) and genito-urinary (UTI's, hypospadias) systems and conditions, and understand typical response to stress
- Aseptic and clean techniques
- NG and gastrostomy feeding
- Pre- and post-operative care
- Neurovascular observations
- Injections
- Introduction to pain assessment and management
- Adult, infant and child BLS
- Care of the premature infant
- Prevalence, manifestation and causation of mental health problems in children with a learning disability or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice4161.00416.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours105.00
Total Contact hours461.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)616.00

Private study

The module will adopt a blended learning approach. Students will be provided with learning resources both to support face to face sessions and promote independent learning and curiosity. A blend of independent and group learning tasks will be undertaken during this module.

Students will be expected to undertake pre-reading and come to sessions, both theoretical and practical, prepared to apply their knowledge to a variety of different scenarios and discussions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will complete an online formative Medicine Management Package within the first 4 weeks of the module. This will enable them to practice finding information related to the medicine management process and gain feedback on their answers. This will help prepare students to complete the summative MMP

During the module students will be able to submit a plan or draft of their essay and receive feedback from their named academic supervisor.

Verbal feedback will be given to students throughout the module during practical and theoretical sessions. Students will also receive ongoing feedback from their practice supervisors and practice assessors during their practice placement.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 words75.00
PracticalMedicine Management package25.00
PortfolioPractice Assessment Document (ePAD) (Pass/Fail)0.00
In-course AssessmentFORMATIVE: Ongoing formative feedback throughout the practice placement (ePAD)0.00
In-course AssessmentFORMATIVE: Submission of plan or draft of essay0.00
In-course AssessmentFORMATIVE: Medicine Management Package0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

There is no compensation between elements. This module has theoretical and practice components. All components need to be passed and there is no compensation between elements.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:15


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